Introduction to Research – PSYC 255

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

An introduction to psychological research techniques and methodology designed to improve students’ understanding of the basic issues in the scientific methods of the social sciences. The goals of the course are: to improve students’ understanding of the concepts related to research methodology; to improve the students’ ability to communicate ideas about science, including a significant amount of writing; and survey of both quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Prerequisites: PSYC 200 or PSYC 210 or PSYC 101 or GEED 201

Rationale

Research is integral to the science of psychology. This course is an introduction to the basic concepts and tools needed to evaluate and conduct research. By understanding the research process, as well as concepts such as validity and reliability, the student will become a better critical consumer and producer of research.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of reliability and validity.
  2. Create research designs.
  3. Critique research related to behavior and mental processes.
  4. Apply a biblical worldview to research concepts.
  5. Communicate effectively using APA formatting.

GENERAL EDUCATION FOUNDATIONAL SKILL LEARNING OUTCOMES (FLSO)
Social and Scientific Inquiry (SSI): the ability to employ established methods of exploring the social and natural sciences in order to understand the human experience of various social structures and the natural world.
SSI 1: Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of science on the world in which we live.
SSI 2: Demonstrate a biblical understanding of humankind's role in scientific inquiry and discovery.
SSI 3: Apply solutions for a social and/or scientific question experienced in nature or society.
SSI 4: Describe how social and/or scientific inquiry equips human beings to be participants in God’s redemptive work.

Course Assignment

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (5)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 250 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student will reply to at least 2 classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 100 words. Each thread must be supported by at least 1 appropriate citation in current APA format. Acceptable sources include the course textbooks, the Bible, and scholarly articles. (CLO: A, C, D, E)

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

APA Assignment

The student will use the APA Publication Manual as a guide in answering specific APA-related questions. The APA Assignment must include a title page, 2–3 pages of content, and a reference page in current APA format. The paper must include both of the course textbooks (Introduction to Research, and the current APA Publication Manual) as references. (CLO: E)

Case Study Paper

The student will write a paper that explains how to conduct a case study. The paper must include a title page, 2–4 pages of content, and a reference page. The paper must be in current APA format. The student will be provided with a set of 4 questions to answer in order to complete the assignment. The paper must include at least 2 scholarly references in addition to both of the course textbooks. (CLO: A, B, C, E)

Synthesis Paper

The student will write a research-based paper that includes a personal reflection of what he or she has learned in the course as well as a critique of the course content from a biblical perspective. The paper must include a title page, 4–8 pages of content, and a reference page. The paper must include at least 2 scholarly references in addition to both of the course textbooks. The paper must be in current APA format. (CLO: A, B, C, D, E)

Quizzes (7)

There will be 7 open-book/open-notes quizzes in the course. Quizzes will cover content covered in the Reading & Study folders, have 30 multiple-choice questions, and have a time limit of 1 hour. (CLO: A, B, C, E)